A Canadian View: Christmas Blessings

by | Dec 27, 2018 | Formation, Reflections

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, it may a good time to consider how we have each been blessed over the past year and perhaps ask for a blessing for others.

Thank you, Lord…

For being born or becoming a citizen of a nation that is free to practice our religion and culture without fear of repression.

For having a democracy that recognizes that human dignity is a God given right for all.

For being a member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and having the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Jesus through our service to those living in poverty.

For being able to help develop and implement systemic change that alleviates suffering.

For being able to advocate for change with and on behalf of our neighbours in need.

For being a member of the larger Vincentian family and meeting and sharing our common concerns with our sisters and brothers in North America and worldwide.

For giving me an understanding of Catholic social teaching and how it should be part of my every day life.

For having the opportunity to meet and work with clergy and religious communities regarding our common goal of addressing poverty.

Dear Lord, please bless…

Those that that have no homes that they may find a place in which they can live a decent and happy life.

The many people who are migrating to safer countries. May they find a caring and receptive government ready to help.

Those who do not share our hopes and beliefs. May they one day understand what human dignity and the common good means.

Our Church leadership that they may take positive steps that include lay involvement towards solutions that address any difficulties that exist in today’s Church.

A special blessing to our friends and neighbours in need that they may lead us to better understanding of the challenges of a life in poverty.

May God bless of keep the most vulnerable of our country safe, secure and with at least some hope for a better future.

May you have a most holy and blessed Christmas.

About the author:

Jim Paddon lives in London, Ontario, Canada and is past president of the Ontario Regional Council of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. He is currently chair of the National Social Justice Committee of the Society in Canada. He is married to his dear wife Pat and they have six daughters and eleven grandchildren. Jim has been a member of the Society since the 1970’s.



Opinions expressed are the author’s own views and do not officially represent those of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

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